If you are feeling like there is a better way to do things, or that things are always piling up and you don’t know where to even get started, the club can be a great resource for you! These were a few things that were overwhelming me when I joined: grading, ineffective procedures, and behaviors. After joining the club, I immediately cut down hours on grading by learning techniques to increase efficiency and just had some overall philosophy changes to cut down on what I actually have to grade. This past summer, I totally revamped my procedures and prepared for the beginning of the year using Angela’s procedure planner. Let me tell you, my classroom is so self-running this year! Finally, the club allowed me to dismiss thoughts of student behavior being my fault. Through the support of the Facebook group and Truth for Teachers, I was able to cut out a lot of anxiety because of student behavior. Since I was less anxious, I could be more productive in other areas. One final comment. If you are the type of person who is trying to find “the answer” or you want to find “the best things,” I think the club could be beneficial. I’m that type of person, and I could rest in knowing that “the best ideas and resources” are already in the club materials. That was time that I didn’t have to spend looking up ideas and resources. Overall, try it! If you aren’t satisfied, you can get your money back! Work/life balance is possible!
Written by Meredith, 4th grade teacher on May 16, 2019